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MEAC Men's Basketball Recap: Day Two < All News
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bethune-Cookman Advances With Win Over Coppin State, 89-78

Norfolk, Va., March 12, 2013- Adrien Coleman poured in 22 of of his game-high 28 points in the second half and Javoris Bryant and Kevin Dukes combined for 25 after intermission to help Bethune-Cookman outlast Coppin State, 89-78 in an opening round matchup of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk Scope.  The Wildcats (13-19), the Number 8 seed, advance to the quarterfinal round where they will face the Number 1 seed, Norfolk State on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair that featured three ties and eight lead changes.  The Eagles (8-24), the Number 9 seed, led 33-32 at the  half, using a late run and 11 first half points by Tariq Cephas to hold the slight edge.

The tightly played first half turned out to be a mere warm-up for the entertaining second half.  First it was Bethune Coookman, which  appeared to all but put the game away as Coleman and Dukes spearheaded a sizzling 25-5 run that opened the game’s biggest lead at 57-38 at the 11:11 mark.  Coleman, a first team All-MEAC selection, was able to get out in transition and use some slick open court moves and power dunks to befuddle the Coppin State defenders.

When the Eagles began to pay more attention to Coleman, it opened up things for Dukes, who connected on three of five 3-pointers during the run.

Following a timeout, Coppin State began to work its way back in the game on the scoring of Cephas who tallied 14 of his team-high 25 points after the break and Michael Murray, who scored 11 of his 14.

Suddenly, what once appeared to be a comfortable lead by Bethune Cookman, became much more interesting as the Wildcats reeled off a 25-10 run that narrowed the deficit to 73-70 at the 3:20 mark.

After a Bethune Cookman timeout, the Wildcats closed out the game with the last and most important run, a 16-8 capper that was led by Bryant, who accounted for eight of his 13 second half points.

Coppin State was led be Cephas’ season-high 25, Andre Armstrong with 17 and Murray and Patrick Cole, with 14 and 12, respectively.

The Wildcats were led by Coleman’s 28, Dukes’ 22 and Bryant’s 19.  Bethune Cookman shot 52-percent from the field for the game, held a 40-27 rebounding advantage and a whopping 50-20 advantage in points in the paint.

Middleton and Underwood Lead Aggies Past Florida A&M, 65-54

Norfolk, Va., March 12, 2013
-Lamont Middleton and Jeremy Underwood combined to score the last 14 points and lead North Carolina A&T to a 65-54 win over Florida A&M in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball  Tournament at the Norfolk Scope Arena.  The Aggies (16-16), the number seven seed advance to the quarterfinal round where they will face North Carolina Central, the number two seed on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The two teams went back and forth early until the Aggies opened a nine-point lead midway through the first half.  Adrian Powell and Demetrius Upchurch combined for 14 of their team’s points during the push.  But the Rattlers (8-23), the number 10 seed, closed with a late flurry to cut the deficit to 25-24 at the half.  The rally was led by Markee Teal (8 points) and Jamie Adams (6 points).

In the second half, North Carolina A&T which swept the Rattlers during the regular season, began to take control.  Applying pressure defense, the Aggies forced the Rattlers into 10 second half turnovers that they converted into 16 points.

The beneficiaries of those miscues were Jean Louisme, who scored nine of his 11 after the break and  the combo of Middleton and Underwood , who teamed to shoot 14-of-19 from the free-throw line.  Florida A&M made several attempts to cut into the double digit lead, but each time, North Carolina A&T would come up with free throws to keep them at bay.

The Rattlers were paced by Adams, who led all scorers with 14 and D’Andre Bullard and Markee Teal, who each contributed 10.

North Carolina A&T shot 60-percent from the floor in the second half and 12 points from Middleton and Powell, and 11 from Louisme.

Howard Falls to Delaware State, 73-61

Norfolk, Va., March 12, 2013
—Albert Thomas scored a team-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures as Delaware State defeated Howard, 73-61 in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk  Scope Arena.  The Hornets (14-17), the number six seed, advance to the quarterfinal round against Hampton, The number three seed on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Delaware State got off to a quick start, scoring the game’s first nine points and continued to build its lead en route to a 32-20 halftime lead.  Thomas and Casey Walker each scored 10 points as the Hornets shot 50 percent from the field and scored 13 points off 11 Bison turnovers.

In the second, Delaware State built on its lead as Thomas, Tahj Tate, Marques Oliver and reserve Tyshawn Bell all contributed to the balanced attack.

The Bison mounted a strong comeback, led by senior Calvin Thompson, who scored all of his game-high 22 points in the second half, Mike Phillips and Anton Dickerson.  Howard twice cut the deficit to seven in the second half but each time, Delaware State would get a rally-stopping basket to push the margin back to double digits.

In addition to Thomas, the Hornets got 14 points from Tate, 13 from Oliver and 12 from Walker.

Thompson’s 22 were a season high for him while Phillips finished with 18 and Dickerson with 11 and a career-high nine rebounds.

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